In the past few weeks, a certain sound has blown up in popularity on TikTok, amassing over 2.4 million views using the audio clip. “BORED IN THE HOUSE,” a sound clip originally created in early March by 20-year-old musician Curtis Roach, went viral after millions of TikTok users understandably related to the sentiment.
The sound has been attached to a multitude of quarantine-specific videos, including dances, artwork, room redecoration and bread-baking. However, one specific theme of videos using this sound has taken over TikTok in light of COVID-19 isolation, and it’s as risky as it is tempting.
While TikTok is no stranger to at-home hair dyeing and cutting, instances have undoubtably skyrocketed as the app’s main demographic is stuck inside. While isolation and boredom can obviously go hand in hand, studies have also linked loneliness to lowered self-esteem. These aspects of quarantine, along with the more obvious increased free time and limited access to professional services, have gifted TikTok viewers with hair inspiration, new trends and the occasional cringe-inducing result.
To Dye For
Whether it be a box dye from the local limited-hours Target or CVS, or a mail order of higher-end products, TikTok creators are turning their bathrooms into to salons by dyeing their hair completely. Some choose colorful hues and some choose simply to change up their shade, but the DIY changes are all growing in popularity.
Just the Front
In a newer trend inspired by e-girls, many have foregone dyeing their entire head and chosen instead to focus on face framing strands at the very front. The unique look has featured pink, red, purple, blue, or even a simpler bleaching for a contrast against dark hair.
An age-old practice may prove the most hazardous of all — cutting bangs from home is no short-term investment. With a method that involves twisting the front section of hair and snipping free hand, those brave enough to attempt their own trims have experienced mixed-bag results.
While experimenting with trends can be fun, it’s important to consider the possible long-term effects of changing your hair color or length. If you’re not ready to make a big change, consider a temporary dye and a less-drastic haircut. It’s also important to do your research, and consult with a hair stylist if you are worried about making a change.
Have you taken the TikTok route and played with your hairstyle during quarantine? Are you tempted? Or are you learning from others’ mistakes and leaving your locks alone? Let us know at @VALLEYmag on Twitter, and tag us in any new looks @VALLEYmag on Instagram.